THE MAKING OF AWARD-WINNING WINES
Charlie T Locklear Vineyard & Winery is wholly owned and operated by Charlie T. Locklear, Charlie T. Locklear, Jr. and myself, Daryl W. Locklear. We are proud members of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolilna.
The idea of owning and operating a commercial winery was nothing but a dream for my father, and it probably was not even thought of as an attainable dream 15 years ago. Charlie toiled on the family farm growing up, where his family grew cotton, tobacco, corn, soybeans, cucumbers; raised livestock; and planted and harvested vegetables for the table. He was the fourth son in a family of ten siblings, and he learned at an early age that hard work was a part of life. Following years working the farm, he worked as a mechanic, then served in the Army reserves and finally worked in the manufactured home industry. Charlie has a tenacious personality and has never accepted the concept that dreams cannot be obtained.
My brother and I have always been my father’s little helpers, and he taught us as we grew up on the farm that hard work makes the body and mind stronger. With this instilled in us at an early age, we have never been afraid of hard work. So the challenges that a vineyard and winery presented did not scare us away. In fact, we embraced it as a family and began the task of building a family legacy. This has been a family venture from the beginning and we have done all the labor, design and layout ourselves, with nothing more than the desire to achieve.
Together we took a small part of the farm and planted Muscadine vines and converted an old storage building into the wine production facility, which also houses the retail wine store. Currently with the vines we have planted we can produce approximately 3500 cases of the 8500 cases of wine per year when in full production.
Meet the team behind our award-winning wines.
Daryl is the founder and has been the President at Locklear Winery for 13 years. No one has contributed more to the success of Locklear Winery than Daryl. Daryl is a representative on the NC Mucadine Board and endeavors to spread the benefits of the Muscadine grape.
CHARLIE T LOCKLEAR
Charlie and has been the head Winemaker, Vineyard Manager and any other job title that you can fill at Locklear Winery since its inception. He is the man on the label, hence the reason that we exist. So when you see him on a visit, thank him for the wines.
Locklear Winery is situated in the beautiful Prospect Community. Currently we have a mix of Carlos and Noble muscadines. The winery offers $5 wine tastings, including a glass daily.